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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIV—NO. 200 Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Loader BlytlievlUe Herald BIA'THKVH-UVAKKANSAS, SATUKDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1947 TKN PACKS SINGLE COPIES FIV1 CENTS Rice-Stix Plant Observes 10th ^Anniversary * New Annex Opened Adding Large Sum To Annual Payroll Members of the Board, of Directors of thtf Chamber of Commerce and St. Louis representatives ,of Rice Stix Dry Goods Co., jointly celebrated a double-anniversarj here yesterday with a luncheon at the Hotel Noble am a visit to the garment manufacturing firm's Blytliegilli plant. Yesterday was the official launching of operations in the factory's new' annex, which adds 20,000 square I feet of floor space to the original building. Arid today is the tenth anniversary o! the start of production at the Rice Stix factory here. Expansion of operations result- jkfnK from use of the 100 by SOO- fflwl brick and steel annex will bring about an Increase in production of at least 50 per cent and openings for numerous additional employes to swell the annual payroll which now totals nearly S4flO,000. a company official .said. First production in the Rice Stix plant here began Nov. 15, 1937, in the original building. Today marks a decade of work with no shutdowns. Jack Thro has been manager of the factory her* since it began operations. On hand for this double cels- bration were three representatives of the firm's St. Louis headquarters —E. E. Murphy, vice president of Rice Stix; E. H. Beahl, general lactory superintendent; and C. Ross Stein, sales manager. They met with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors—including three members who were among those responsible 10 years ago for-bringing-this garment industry r ' ' ' Osceo/o Men Buy Big Bank In Jonesboro JONESBOHO, Ark., Nov. 15. (UP) —A triumvirate of Jonesboro financiers have purchased one of Eastern Arkansas 1 largest banks. It was announced today. B. Frank Williams, George H. Florida, and Frank J. Florida purchased the Citizens Bank of Jonesboro, for an undisclosed sum. The bank has total resources in excess of $9,000,000. Tiie' purchasers also own the smaller Mercantile Bank of Jonesboro, the Mississippi County Bank at Osceola, and the Bank of Marked Tree. They announced that Morris L. McKlnney would be retained as president of the Citizens Bank Forced Down at Gallup, New Mexico General Sought Payment on 'Job' Former Attorney for Howard Hughes Tells About "Negotiations" WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. (U.P.) —A former attorney for Howard Hughes testified today that Maj. Gen. Bennett E. Mevers sought $50,000 from the planemaker in 1944 during contract negotiations as a down payment on a proposed postwar Job with Hughes. The attorney, Nell S. McCarthy, also told a Senate war investigating . subcommittee delving into Meyers' wartime stock speculations and finances, that the Air Force procurement officer sought a loan of $200,000 from Hughes to buy government bonds on margin. McCarthy's testimony supported Hughes previous testimony, that Meyers asked for a $200,000 loan and contradicted Meyers own testimony that Hughes actually offered him $250,000. McCarthy said that the $50,000 which Meyers also sought had nothing to do with his alleged request for a $200,000 loan in order to buy bonds. He said/Meyers wanted the $M,000 as a down payment on a possible Threat of Communist Violence Spreads Over Italy and French Seaport Virtually Under Siege Guards Arrest 82 as Suspects In Riot-Torn City Gallup firemen poured chemical* in to Hie belly of an American Airlines DO-6 which caught lire In the air near Gallup, New Mexico. The ship landed In time to prevent Injury to the 25 persons aboard. (NBA Telcphoto.) Job with Hughes alter the war. At pajamas, and underwear. appeared Bribing the RlcJ, Stix .pjant here 1 previously'« before the ; subcommit- & was a'major project of ,th'e Cham- I tee. In closed "session, came here be'r's Board of Directors and its .In- from the West Coast, at the re- dustries'Oommlttee, headed by B. A. 1 4"«t .of Meiers r,.whp,i : wished to Lyiftii.*' jutsiiieiii" of v tfte 1 ' Farmer:.- qiiesoiiri him t>Hbre the committee'. Bank and Trust Co. The three present directors who were members of the board which j - decade ago negotiated location, if the factory here are Mr. Lynch, who was also chairman of the In-1 dustrics Committee then, Jesse I Taylor and J. Louis Cherry. Ground was broken and construction staried on the new annex in September, 1946. The annex was built at a cost of more than $100,(HXl, of which (35,000 was raised in Blythevllle by the Chamber of Commerce. •Meyers, whV saw the investigation -of planemaker Hughes' contracts turn into an investigation of his own war-time dealings, sat in the committee room while McCarthy testified. Meyers protested against charges that he had mode a "killing" in aircraft stocks during the war because of his advance knowledge of School Band Gets Aid From Chest '48 Budget Contains Item of $1,500 for Purchase of Uniforms One of the principal uses planned by the Blytheville High School Senior Band for the $1,500 it will receive from this year's Community Chest is the purchase of new uniforms. According to a report received late yesterday from officals, the Chest fund stands at $4,457.25 received from Blytheville contributors. The Chest campaign seeks contributions to meet a $26,780 budget adopted to provide assistance for 20 Blythevllle civic, youth and welfare organisations and ngenci The third list,of contributors released yesterday shows donations of $1,311.75. Lists of contributors are compiled and published as soon as reports of progress are-received from captains of the 37 solicitation teams working in the drive. Plavs in Memphis, Little Rock Tlie high school band, directec by KarL.Wadenpfiihl, bus represent ted Blytheville-at numerous functions throughout the state. Among these have been the State Livestock Show at Little Rock and the cotloi Carnival rU Memphis. The band has also participated hi welcoming guests of honor to Blytheville. It has made resuln; appearances at the National Cot ton Picking Contests ncre and par what contracts would be let. Mey- ticipated in \velcoi n seremonic; ers said that, in act, he and nisi 'or Governor James E. Folsom o wife actually lost about $20,000 in. Alabama at tlie State Junior Cham the market since 1941. * resident to Ask for Controls Over Use of Critical Materials WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. (U.P.)—President Trimuui will ask for power to control the use of steel and other critical materials when he addresses Congress Monday, sources close to the White House predicted today. A call for direct consumer rationing of food at this time is not expected. Neither will the President try to re- Tornado Injures 25 in Louisiana Storm Lasting Just Six Minutes Causes $500,000 Damage DE BIDDER, La., Nov. 15. (UP) — Cleanup crews with bulldozers and cranes today attacked a mass of de- mcndntlons by his council of'eco- brls !eft ncre h v » roaring tornado nomic advisers that such crucial j tnnt; Injured at least 25 persons and commodities as steel. Industrial ma- ! demolished 125 homes, clu'nery, coal, fertilizer.,, a. haps be b <-L'-'^location" control . _._ r be two T fold: to" insure^ the "Marshall plan coir, to combat inflation at home. vive direct price controls. * A request for emergency rationing power to use In event of A very short wheat crop next year Is discussed by some ol his advisers as a |X>KsibIllty. With reports from his cabinet and his council of economic advisers held In front of him, the President this weekend will whip Into final form the speech he will deliver at 1:30 pm. Monday. Mr. Truman will appear in person at the opening of the special "foreign nit! sr.d anti-Inflation" session which he called. Plans Two-Fold Campaign Indications are that the President leans heavily toward recom- Other anti-Inflation measures McCarthy testified he first met ' Meyers "casually" during the Ilrst The old portion of the plant was World War and dld n £ t near Qf constructed at a cost of $107.000. Of this, $12,000 was raised by the Chamber here. Mr Lynch said today that both portions of the plant are still the property of the people of Blytheville as a result of thc funds raised here. The company has a 50-year lease on the buildings but not full title, he pointed out. • At the luncheon Mr. Murphy told the Chamber of Commerce directors that during the past dctade, the Rice Stix plant here hid manufactured 20,000,000 garments, of which 1.500,000 were mane for the armed forces. If these garments, he said, were ^aid end to end, they would reach •Unround the world with several million left over. The thread used in one month would stretch from here to China, Mr. Murphy said And if all the buttonholes made here in an eight-hour day were put together, the space would be large enough to float a battleship with enough space left over for several submarines, he pointed out. The payroll of the plant here for the past 10 years amounted to 35 times the original cost of the old I 'ce. building to Blythevllle, or 52,500,-! 000, Mr. Murphy stated The 1947! payroll alone will be five times the cost, he said. ( Mr. Murphy later pointed out that ] the addition of the new annex made the Rice Stix plnnt Blytheville's largest factory from the standpoint of SIM. in the annex are cutting tables 183 feet long. On these, material is laid out and cut into the component parts of the various garments manufactured. Plant Here Rice Slix largest him again until April or May. 1941, when he heard through Hughes that Meyers was a brigadier general In Air Force procurement. At that' time negotiations were going on between Hughes and the Air Force in connection with the development of the photo planes McCarthy said that Meyers, his wife and an aide, were staying at the town house In Los Angeles "Did you know that Hughes aircraft was paying his expenses there?" Committee chairman Ssn Homer Ferguson, R. r Mich., asked. 'I rlidn't at the time " McCarthy replied. McCarthy' then said he „.„ Meyers here in Washington In early June, 1944, when he hud come here to represent Hughes in connection with ariother plane the huge flying boat. He said that before leaving California "Howard had told me Meyers had discussed with him (Hughes) going to work for the company." He added: "I told him (Hughes- that in my opinion 3er of Commerce convention here tills Summer. At football gatne.s, both here and in other towns, the band performs at half-time intermission. In the past three years the number of students playing in the band has Increased from 35 to 72. A Junior Band has been formed and when new uniforms are obtained for the Senior Band, the old ones will go to younger bandsmen. Contributors Listed Thc list of contributors released yesterday follows: Dr. Gene S. Atkinson, $40.; B. Baker. *!.; E. R. Betote', $5.; Burnett Auto Sales, $25.; Ebb Carson, $5.; Charley-Hortense Beauty Shop $5.; Wuyne R. Campbell, $20.; Paul Davis. $1.; W. L. Davidson. $5.; Delta Implement Company, $275.; Loy Eich Chevrolet Company, S2CO.; Edythe Shoppe. $15.; Dr. F. B. Elliot, $11.; Dr.'John Q. Elliot, S5.; Mrs. Tanna Freeman, $5.; W. Gitchell, $1.; General Motors Accpr. Corp., $25.; Cecil Graves, $5.; H Hardy, $1.; A. O. Hudson Cleaner & Tailor, $175.; R. D. Hughes Gin Co., $150.; D. S. Hay. $2.50.; C. E Hood, 57.50.; R. M. Lecibetter, SI.; which the President can be expected to urge are: 1. Control of commodity exchanges. Involving federal power to set margins. Tills Is now done by the exchanges themselves. 2. Restoration of installment credit- controls, which expired Nov. 1. 3. Continuation of. rent controls beyond next Feb. 29, 4. Restriction on bank credit by aising lh e legal reserve remiire- lenls of members of the Federal Reserve System. 5. Extension of export controls 29. I i h J'' g ,v, y °"...™ u !' In :L d<> - l< '!Don Lutz, S5, Mrs. i E. Mason take a man that was in thc serv- Church Plans Frequent Use Of New Chimes The Rev. R Scolt Balrd. pastor of First Christian Church, will give the dedicatory address at the Chimes Dedication Services to be held tomorrow between 4 and 5 These cutting are the P 7nZ H^sTnnounced'today " ° v>?»? - vss- •=,= Stix company. The plant here Is also the largest of the 17 by several thousand square feet, Mr Murphy said. Rice Stix plants are also located in Missouri and Mississippi. Illinois, Between 275 and 300 workers are now employed by the factory here, he said, and many others are being sought to handle increased operations brought about b« the new annex. use of Garments from the factory here have been shipped to every state In the nation and several countries in the Western Hemisphere, Mr Murphy said. These Include Alaska', of music and organist, will present the musical program. Following the chimes call to praytr, there will be a medlev ol familiar hymns and the address by the Rev. Mir. Baird. "Angelus" by Massenet, "Clalr d c Lume," Karg Eicrt and "Sixth Sonata" by Mozart will also be heard. The Maas Cathedra] Chimes are a gift of the Women's Council of the the church by the council six years ago. More than $600 dollars of equipment has been added to the S5.; T. I,. Mabry. *3.; John Miles Miller, $25.; L. G. Nash, $-!0.; Owen'; Rcxall store, S50.; Clinic Overman S5.; Maxine OTOrman, $5.; Ear] Pcarce, 15c.; Frank Rodgcrs. $1.; E. R Smith. *2.; Prcd S. Saliba Company, $25.; John Talkington 50c.; O. A. Tilltnan, $1.; Two Stales Produce Company. $75.; c. A. Tarn $10.; Miss Mary Van Worsley, $5. Wilson Auto Serbice, $10.; Wcstcrr Auto Associate Store, $50.; Zcllncr 1 ^ Slipper Shop. $25.; J. D. Hart, $3. Clarence Webb. $3.; Lee Motor SaIe.-> Inc., $75.; Miss Mable Hogan, *3. Billy Meharg, $5.; Herman Adatr S5,; Edwards Furniture Company S25.; Dr. Pepper Bottling Company $150.; were torn up and overturned. Thc whirling air mass struck and lifted again In just six minutes, but in that brief period It cut a 75-yarcl-wide swath of destruction and damage estimated' by, Louisiana state police at $500,000. A Red Cross report said the blow destroyed 125 homes and severely damaged 23 business houses In the Dc Rldder area. About 100 miles to the southwest nt Harclln, Tex., an oil field wan struck by tile same or a companion tornado that did heavy damage to steel derricks and injured three men. That storm narrowly missed a of present in- '• schoolnouse where 115 Negro chll- ; tlrcn were at class and passed within beyond next Feb. 6. Maintenance :ome tax levels. In Congress. Republican leaders 200 yards of the big Hutcx refln- vcr c cool toward the expected al- ; cr y during a six-mile tour of de- ocntion proposal. But they with- i struction. icld comment until they heard | At Frazlcr Clinic here, 25 In- vhat the President had to say. Higher Prices Feared Compulsory allocations were list- ', seriously hurt Hideouts of Strike Sympathizers Raided By Marseille Police MARSEILLE, Nov. IB, (UP) — Mobile Kiiard.t swarmed through the Comuiunlsl-lcd labor union centers and hideouts of slrike sympathizers In this riot-torn city Uxlay hustled 82 suspects oft lo police headquarters and questioned hundreds of others. Six aliened ringleaders who police believed were resjwn.slble foi the rolling which broke out Wed ncsday were held for courl trial Most of the suspects were released after searching examination. Police announced that all for elgncrs who were questioned an failed to produce proi>cr Klenllt papers would bo expelled numiim rlly from France's greatest |»r sometime.'! called the "Red capital. Mobile guards onrrylng auto matlc rifles struck In the carl morning hours at places where la bor union leaders met with othe elements taking n main role In III Incitement of the disorders. Thc government suspended Iw companies of security police will' out pay for falling to hall tl Communist invasion of the Cll Hall Wednesday, 'me De Ctaulll. mayor was beaten and Communts took over his office temporarily. Like a City Undtrl Ktljte Marseille was like a city und beige. A regiment of Infantry wi camped In the gardeai of the prefecture buildings and the muzzles of inachineguns atuck out of the doorways of public buildings, When more than five persons coiiBrcHat- ed, army 'patrols walked up and . with their rifle* for them ^e on. Communist campaign agaln- , Charles de Gaulle's, Rally French People spread to on the Mediterranean last night. Communists Infiltrated a rally meeting at Cannes and drowned out the speaker by singing and disconnecting the loudspeaker system, Tho meeting" broke up in a free-for-all. Tlie order dissolving lhe two companies of security police — about 400 men, officers and special agents — was published In the official Journal. The order failed: to say whether the police had connived with the Communists; It snld they had "failed to fulfill" their duty. Marseille's city council was dls- fiolved yesterday by the natlona cabinet. Mayor Michel Carllnl and eight members were l>catcn on Wednesday by a Communist mob and the former Communist mayor seized the mayor's office. Edouanl Dcpreux, minister of In lerlor, also disclosed yesterday that Bestopo Tactics Charged in 'Raid' ly Legionnaires UOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UP) — marching bund of armed Amerlan Legion members was accused (xiuy of using "gestapo tactics" to leak up a meeting of « chartered cmocratlc club. Twenty members of the 1* Cres- cnla-La Canada Democratic Club aid they would miiko a fonnal ) to police and demand In- cstigatlon ot the raid on their ncetlng In a private home last light, Club officials said 15 to 20 men wearing legion huts reading "Olcn- inlo Post 127" marched Into the iicctlng, seized the- speakers' chah mil ordered It to disperse In 10 niln- itcs. Deputy shcriun sent lh« "rald- cis" iiwny without mukluv any ar- •csls. One official ot Post. 127 said Imd heard "rumors" of the raid wlillc another defended the rlgh ol Legionnaires to break* up tho meeting "11 they UnAiiierlcaii." thought It wa. The lender of Ihe raiders Identified his parly ns members of the "Americanism Committee" of the Legion post, one clnb member said. "Tlicy marched In with military form, and the leader read an edict that they knew what this outfit WAS, had scouted their meetings, checked their backgrounds, and would give us 10 minutes to get out or they'd lake matters in their own hands," said Don Carpenter, editor of the Montrosc Herald, He had covered the meeting for his paper. Moscow Press fakes Notice of 'Tense Situation ••' 100 Italian Ctnters Scene of Disorder! At Strikes Spread By Uniird fnt* The tin-cut of Communist violence spread to Rome today when a general transport strike threw the city into confusion amid spreading disorder from Northern Italy to the tip^ot the Italian boot. /' The Italian outbreaks were paralleled by continuing troubles in the French Commurv 1st center of Marseille where mobile guards, swept through the city in a series of predawn raids, arresting 82 persons believed to be instigators of the violence. Missco Farm Bureau to Elect Officers Members of the County Farm Bureau officers to se year the Circuit Court County Court Houw here Monday night at 7:30. The members will elect_« president, three vice-presidents and a secretary-treasurer along with 13 delegates to the sl«t« convention which will be held in little Rock Nov. 24-26. L. Q. Nnsh of Blytheville, vice- president of the Furm Bureau staled today that speaker for the meeting Is being sought and a full program Including a discussion of the past,year's accomplishments atxl plans for the coming yenr, Is being planned for the meeting. John Craln of Wilson, president ot the Bureau, will preside at the meeting. The Italian situation wa> more acrioua than that in France.' The Moscow press suddenly gave the spreading disorders major attention and said that a "Full-Scale" workers movement against the existing Italian order was In progress. Outbreaks hit 14 more Italian cities during the night, Including Gremone., Verona, Milan, PWrerice,- Foggla and Cagllarl. Mont than 10J Italian centers have witnessed Communist-led attacks, principally on right-wing newspapers and political headquarters. Nine persons have been killed In the 10 days ot trouble^ In Rome heavy reinforcements of police and carablnerl guarded all the principal squaryk where thou- 'i of citizens »rere 'stranded: by sudden transport strike. - ed by a congressional economic I Thc y SBid tne worst nurt was subcommittee as one of 12 possible i 21-year-old Dcrice Shirley who re- appronches to beat inflation. However, the group headed by Ralph E. Flanders, R., Vt., gcsted that such Sen. sug- step might boosl prices of products not fn- cclvccl severe head, chest and back Injuries when . her father's grocery store collapsed on top of her. Bob Adams of the D« Rldder Enterprise told the United Press the vorcd by allocation of industrial ! twister hit the business district and materials. | then passed on to a residential scc- "Some dlrccl or Indirect means ' u ° n of .,"''•; , tow " of 4 ' 500 nc °P lc ' of price control, therefore, seems , wncrc "• did Its heaviest damage, to be Involved in any allocation I program," the report sold. "This Is the weakness of allocation as we see it." House GOP Leader Charles Hallock of Indiana said foreign spending is "one of the major causes of high prices." Rep. Arthur G. Klein, D., N- Y., said he would Introduce legislation restoring price control, rationing and allocation powers to tlie President. Allocation of scarce basic commodities In the administration's book, a source close to the White House said, would mean authority to set aside a certain amount of steel and other scarce materials for the European program, ty would also Involve giving lhe government powers similar — but very much less than — those wielded by the War Production Board. Jured were brought In for treat- « Communist member of the coun-1 ment and attaches said five were I c " of the Republic — the upper, house of the parliament — was one of those arrested for the rioting. ; had to be released because of his parliamentary Immunity. Thc Communists were Insulted because the government had broken up their Marseille riot and other by the Communist political bureau said Premier Paul Ramadler's government was "guilty of violences" against the working class for breaking up demonstrations and riots. Rainfall Totals 1.39 In. Blythevllle residents got brief relief from rain and cold today <is the sun shone in clear skies for lhe tir. c .l time In a week alter 1.39 inches ot rain fell here yesterday and last night. During the night, the mercury dropped to a low of 46 degrees, according to Robert E. Blaylock. offo- i 01 me womens Council of " , , ,i . — ™,.^... «..- ucn E ] Cctl .| 0 First Christian Church and clal ^ caU ?f r observer. Highest tern- Ocn Motors organ was presented to the | P cratu ™ hcre y^erday was ,->! dc- Monlgom( , ry Ward Mr. Murphy also said that a na- tlona] advertising . campaign for Rice Stix garments has been launched In Colliers »nt) thc Sot. S*« RICE STIX M rat* * grces. Foreign Loans Held Vital to U.S. Economy LAKE SUCCESS. N. Y., Nov. 15. (UP)—A United Nations economic study predicted today that the United States will suffer an economic recession next year unless Congress votes additional foreign loans. Thc recession could turn Into a full-blown depression that would affect much of the world, the report said. The study was made by a group of neutral economists working for ! UN. At the request of the UN Eco- Thc discovery of a new comet, i nomic and Employment Commission, Eridamus, In South Africa has been j they attempted lo spot lhe cco- announced by the Harvard Ob- ; nomic danger points In North and South America, India and Europe. The 88-page report, prepared under the direction of Michal KVcckl of Poland, said the United States faces a "drastic" drop In Its ex... 15118 ports because Europe no longer has ... 0934 th c dollars with which to pay. 35 I 8 The decline In foreign buying in ... 9718 ih c United States, thc report said, 603,4 would lead to American unemploy- 35 14 ment. This trend, lhe report added. 5812 could be met by foreign loans that 56 T2 would enable other nations to con- Dell Driver Fined $250; 30-Day Jail Term Suspended H. O. Martlndnlc of Dell fined »250 and given a 30-day suspended Jail sentence In Municipal Court this morning on a drunk driving charge resulting from an accident Tuesday In which Hugh Smith of Blylhcvlllc suffered minor injuries. Marllndalc pleaded guilty after Ills arrest and was held under J1000 bond until totlny. His truck sideswiped a 1941 Buick which Mrs. Frtd Bean of Number Nine had parked In iron-, ol a grocery store on Norlh Highway 61 and struck Mr. Smith, who was loftdinj groceries in it. York Stocks A T <k T Amcr Tobacco ... Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Electric N Y Central " I Inl Harvester New York Cotton Nml " Am AviaMon ........ 8i:s '! 2 tlnnc to buy American goods. The chimes will be heard three | Mar. times a day on Sunday and twice j May a day during the week, It has been I July planned. During the holiday season Oct. Christmas carols will be Dec. precentcd. open 3356 3346 3260 3019 3338 3369 3358 3345 3266 3252 3021 3015 3348 3335 low close 3356 3366 Republic Steel 24 Radio 318 Socony Vacuum 1678 Sposl close 3*03; up S. Ring Leaders Sentenced ABINGTON, Va., Nov. 15 (UP)3348 i Studcbaker 20 i;8 Three Hamilton, O., men and » 3256 I Standard of N J 74 7 8 ennlngton Gap, Va., »utomoblte 3015 Texas Corp 57 3H dealer faced federal prison terms 3343 ' Par-hard 47.8 for operating a five-state stolen car I U S Sl«cl 74 I ring. Driver, Who Left Scene Of Accident, Fined $100 J. B. Brown of Blytheville was fined $100 and costs in Municipal Covrt this morning on a charge of leaving thc scene of an accident. Police Arrest Pallbearer in Murder Probe LITTLE ROCK, Nov. 18. (UP)— Ralph Mashburn. former member of the Arkansas State Police, was being held on an open charge today in connection with the beating and murder of B. L. Barnhouse, 47-year- old manager of thc Little Rock Piano Company. Tlie arrest of Mashburn, an honorary pallbearer at Barnhouse's funeral, was the first break in a five- day Investigation that started when the business men was found beaten and dying In bed at his home Sunday afternoon. While officers declined to discuss reasons for the arrest, they said tlie former peace officer told them he was a friend of Barnhouse and had visited at his home several times. Mashburn formerly was employed as a motorcycle patrolman, flrst by the Little Rock Police Department ' and later by Slate Police. Some two years ago, as a member of the State Police, he took part In the North Arkansas hunt for Hubert Bylcr, Izard County slayer who hid in caves with his wife for more than two months before they surrendered. Masliburn. along with a White County deputy sheriff, was later arrested and Indicted for arson In connection with thc burning of a house near the Byler home during thc search. Following continued postponement, the charges recently were dismissed.- •ctioh several days In event tli~n spread to the Italian capital. In some Italians-cities parUsana Joined In the outbreaks for the'first, time. Premier Alclde De Gaspert wa* under Increasing pressure from both the right and left wings. Each faction charged the government with favoring the other. Communists and left-wing Socialists charged De Gasiwrl with attempting to establish a dictatorship. Marseille, center of French Com- ' munlsts outbreaks, was quieter today after the pre-dawn 'police raids. Two companies of security police were suspended because of their failure to protect the City Hall In Wednes^ dayjs demonstration. A regiment' of infantry was standing by to protect the prefecture against futher attacks. . ' Tlie only new disorder reported In France was the disruption of a political meeting at Cannes by left- wing Elements. Transportation Striae Called ROME, Nov. 15 (UP)— The Com- munlst-commanded Chamber of Labor started a general transportation strike In Rome at noon today, threatening for the first time to Infect the capital with the plagu« of Communist riot and disorder sweeping Italy from top U> bottom. The strike started without warning. Streetcars and buses started refusing to take on passengers at noon and headed back to their barns. Similar sudden strikes had heralded outbreaks of violence—, rioting, beating and killing—in other large cities: . The government had forseen the probability that the Communist would try to start trouble in Rome and tanks and flying squads pi police had been standing by for three days. Consequently, there was the possibility of a bloody showdown with the Communists, if they start, sacking rightist newspapers and party offices, as they have done in more than 100 other places. The Communists were outraged because police turned back their mobs with tear gas and clubs. They called this "repression," and Giuseppe Dl Vlttorio, Communist labor boss, demanded that the moderate government "guarantee democratic liberties before -we workers do it ourselves." The transportation strike in Rome was called without warning 'after Di Vittorio had threatened that "workers" would take the law into their own hands. '.British Freighter Hits Firty dollars of the tine was s«s- ' Reef Oft Newfoundland pcndcd pending good behavior. , Drown was Involved in an accl-| BOSTON, Nov. 15 (UP)— A Brtt- dcnt on East Main Street late last freighter snapped In two iftcr week In which Mrs. Horace Wai- 1 running aground on the Newfound- pole of Blytheville was bruised when I i a nd coast during a »torm early tc- shc was pinned between the car he | day, the Coast Guard reported. A was driving and the rear of her car. He pleaded guilty. Fire Damages House An overheated stove was blamed for a minor fire In a small house In the rear of ill West Park lat* this mo-rntng. A portion of the vail surrounding a due was burned. It I* the property of Henry crew member was believed drown- C d. The vessel was said to be the 4,900-ton Laugleecrag out of Newcas tle, England. It WAS believed to ha 't had 45 crew members 'aboard. The Coast Guard said the men took to lifeboats and headed for the shore near Belle Island stnitu, which are between Newfoundland and Labrador. Atom Power Sought For U.S. Submarines NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UP)—The United States Navy is "working steadily" to develop an atomic energy drive for ships, according to Admiral W. H. P. Blandy. Bluntly, commander of the Atlantic Fleet and head of the Bikini atomic bomb expermlnts, sajd that In theory atomic power can drive *. submarine of the world war II type «t 30 knots sunwted lor & year without refueling. Weather ARKANSAS— J*ir tonight ; *nd *und*r. tonight.

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